Data-Pop Alliance Brochure

Promoting a people-centered
B i g D a t a revolution
[by exploring Big Data’s potential for human
development, pursuing responsible data science,
and preparing tomorrow’s data scientists]
Data-Pop Alliance
CREATED BY
LEADERSHIP & TEAM
Emmanuel Letouzé
Director & Co-Founder
Patrick Vinck
Co-Director & Co-Founder
Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland
Academic Director
Claire Melamed
Co-Director for ODI
Phuong Pham
Co-Director for HHI
Emma Samman
Co-Director for ODI
Ana Areais
Program Manager
Gabriel Pestre
Research Assistant
Dhaval Adjodah
MIT Media Lab Coordinator
Hosted in NYC by
Funding from
CURRENT AFFILIATES AND ASSOCIATES
Ali Kamil
MIT Media Lab and Harvard
Kennedy School of Government
Bessie Schwarz
Yale Project on Climate
Change Communication
Bruno Lepri
Mobile and Social Computing
Lab, Bruno Kessler Foundation Romesh Silva
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg
School of Public Health
Julia Manske
Digital Agenda Team,
Stiftung Neue Verantwortung
Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye
MIT Media Lab
Maurice Nsabimana
Development Data Group,
World Bank
Fredrik Sjoberg
World Bank Digital Citizen
Engagement
Jacopo Staiano
Mobile and Social Computing
Lab, Bruno Kessler Foundation Nuria Oliver
Telefonica Research Beth Tellman
School of Geographical
Sciences and Urban Planning,
Arizona State University
Espen Beer Prydz
Development Research Group,
World Bank
Jennifer Welch
Web Science Institute, University
of Southampton
Thomas Roca
Agence française de
développement (AFD)
Emilio Zagheni
eScience Institute, University of
Washington, Seattle
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
S TE E RING CO MMITTEE MEMBERS
Patrick Ball
Executive Director, Human Rights Data
Analysis Group
Amparo Ballivian
Lead Economist, Development Data
Group, World Bank
Debapriya Bhattacharya
Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Policy
Dialogue, Chair of Southern Voice on PostMDG International Development Goals
David Chavalarias
Director, Paris Île-de-France Complex
Systems Institute (ISC-PIF)
Lucy Bernholz
Visiting Scholar, Stanford University
Nicolas de Cordes
Vice President of Marketing Anticipation,
Orange France Telecom Group
Bruce Campbell
Director, Technical Division,
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva
Head of Research,
Oxfam UK
Haishan Fu
Director, Development Data Group,
World Bank
Mark Frohardt
Executive Director, Internews Center for
Innovation and Learning
Dame Wendy Hall
Professor, University of Southampton
Sanjana Hattotuwa
Special Advisor,
ICT4Peace Foundation
Mark Hansen
Director of the Brown Institute,
Columbia and Stanford Universities
Eva Ho
General Partner, Susa Ventures
Joseph Hoffman
Former Director, Partnership For African
Social and Governance Research (PASGR)
William Hoffman
Head of Data-driven Development,
World Economic Forum USA
Gary King
Professor and Director of IQSS,
Harvard University
Sabrina Juran
Data Technical Specialist,
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Paul Ladd
Head of Post-2015 Team, United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) Johannes Jütting
Manager,
Paris21 Initiative
Temina Madon
Executive Director, Center for Effective
Global Action, UC Berkeley
Alessia Lefébure
Alliance Program Director and Adjunct
Associate Professor, Columbia University
Mauricio Perfetti
General Director, Colombia National
Administrative Department of Statistics
Lester Mackey
Assistant Professor,
Stanford University
Philipp Schönrock
Director, Centro De Pensamiento
Estrategico Internacional (CEPEI)
Francesco Mancini
Senior Non-resident Fellow,
International Peace Institute
Michael VanRooyen
Director of HHI and Professor,
Harvard University
Helena Puig Laurrari
Co-founder, Build Up
Kevin Watkins
Executive Director, ODI
Michail Skaliotis
Head of Big Data Task Force,
Eurostat
Advancing Knowledge and
Innovation with Big Data
Data-Pop Alliance is a research and policy thinktank on Big Data and development created to
promote a people-centered Big Data revolution
by exploring how Big Data can help individuals
and communities solve their human problems.
We combine the unique strengths of each
of our parent institutions and partners—from
hands-on expertise in development processes
and humanitarian challenges to state-of-the-art
computational analysis of social dynamics.
For example, through collaborations with the
French Development Agency, the World Bank,
and QCRI, we examine how Big Data can help
monitor key indicators of human welfare, such as
poverty and vital statistics, particularly in fragile
and conflict regions. Another project supported
by a grant from Google aims at building socioecological indicators of vulnerability to flooding.
We are also developing a curated online
library of key contributions—articles, papers,
reports, blog posts, books—on Big Data for
development. This activity is supported by
UNFPA.
Building Capacities and
Connections in Big Data
Local communities, government institutions,
elected officials, researchers, data
scientists, journalists, and others, need to be
systematically engaged in shaping the Big Data
revolution. This requires building capacities
to support informed dialogue, and creating
frameworks and standards for exchange
between stakeholders, in particular between
private and public actors around data access.
Data-Pop Alliance is committed to both
objectives. For example, we are developing
training resources and courses to enhance
data literacy and ‘graphicacy’ of communities,
journalists and local officials, in partnership with
Internews and SciDev.Net.
We are also leveraging the Alliance’s unique
convening power and network of experts
and practitioners through an event series. This
series will start with a workshop on Big Data
and official statistics organized in partnership
with the UK Royal Statistical Society in January,
followed by a Data Festival in Cartagena,
Colombia, in April. It will also include an annual
conference and thematic round-tables.
Crafting ethical and equitable
systems for Big Data
The potential of Big Data to address ageold human problems is enormous, but how
to unlock that potential in an ethical and
equitable manner is a key challenge.
Data-Pop Alliance works with partners to
develop, implement, and evaluate strategies
around the use of Big Data for cities,
governments, and non-profit actors.
We also work to devise norms and tools that
reflect core values rooted in justice, equity,
and empowerment. Our vision of a New Deal
on Data entails giving greater rights to people
over their data and fostering a decentralized
data ecosystem to limit the risks that arise from
concentration of power in the hands of a few
big players.
For example, we are proposing a framework
for the responsible collection, sharing and
analysis of cell-phone metadata, with support
from the World Bank Leadership, Learning and
Innovation group and in partnership with the
D4D team.
To learn more about these activities,
visit www.datapopalliance.org
www.datapopalliance.org
ThoughtWorks NYC, 99 Madison Ave
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